CHRISTENED AT NEWPORT NEWS
The last Los Angeles Class attack submarine scheduled to be built in the
current shipbuilding program will be christened at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 1,
1995, at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia. Cheyenne, named
for the capital city of Wyoming, will be christened by Ann Simpson, wife of
Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming. Mrs. Simpson will break a bottle of
champagne over the bow and formally name the ship, in the age-old Navy
Senator Simpson will be the ceremony's principal speaker.
Two previous U.S. Navy ships have been named Cheyenne, a tug which operated
during the Spanish-American War, and a Monitor which served from 1902-1926.
Overall, 62 Los Angeles Class submarines were authorized to be built. Attack
submarines are a vital part of the Navy's "Forward ...From the Sea" doctrine,
bringing to bear proven shallow water operational capabilities including mine
warfare, covert coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering, operations
with special forces, and combat search and rescue. Furthermore, the
submarine's ability to strike targets at, below and beyond the water's surface
make it a potent asset in the nation's arsenal.
Cheyenne is equipped with the Tomahawk cruise missile system for a
significant land attack and strike capability, and is an improved version of
the Los Angeles Class, with a hardened sail and retractable bow planes for
surfacing through the ice during arctic missions. The ship is 360 feet long,
has a beam of 33 feet and displaces approximately 6,900 tons submerged.
Cheyenne will carry a crew of 14 officers and 127 Sailors.